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Jun 20, 2013

MFT Happiness Mini-Book

I'm so excited to finally be able to share my project that I created for the My Favorite Things Retreat in May.  I can't say enough great things about the experience.  If Kim schedules another one, I say RUN! Run!  The women that we spent the weekend with were so warm and wonderful, so good to each other. It really made my heart SO happy.  Some ladies came with a buddy, several women came alone and made wonderful friends in class.  They came by car, they came by plane, they came from OTHER COUNTRIES.  It was incredible! And we had so. much. fun. 

My class on Sunday was a mini book. It's made from 8 1/2 x 11 paper, since I know not everyone stocks up on 12x12.  And it uses the amazing Mini Album STAX in both the Scalloped Square and Bracket "editions" using a Black Licorice card stock base makes the book just a little bit more durable than binding it with eyelets, or clips. 

The cover includes the Beautiful Chalkboard Greetings stamp set, it fits ever so nicely onto the Heirloom Label Die-namics.  We painted those Royal Leaves with crackle paint, then once they were all crackly and dry, gave them LOADS of Distress Ink.  I {heart} my Distress Ink.  This beautiful flower is the Fringed Perennial with a little Sno Cone Button in the center. Here's a tip, tie that Hemp Cord behind your button, when you glue it in place, it will secure the button so the hemp stays tied.

Now, here's my surprise.  I'd spent all day Saturday taking photos, photos of the women taking classes, photos of the store, and photos of everyone with their friends.  Now that might be a friend they'd made in class (I love that) or it might be a friend they'd traveled to the retreat with.

But then, and the ladies were not too excited about this, I took a photo of everyone.  A headshot..... yeah, not everyone was super excited about having their photo taken, but they didn't really know what I was up to quite yet.... I spent most of Saturday afternoon editing the photos, cropping, and adding some filters to make everyone all glowy.  And then we had them printed and the retreat staff (Mona, Jody, Julie & Barbara and Brianna) lovingly trimmed out each of those photos, so that when the girls finished their books, they all got their own set of photos to complete the book.  They teared up, and then, when I decided to make a little announcement... I bawled.

Here's the first two pages.  Up first is the beautiful classroom and all of our attendees hard at work.  I added a small Fishtail Flag STAX and a little Pink Lemonade Button to my page.  Here's where everyone got to add their new head shot to the InstaFrame Die-namics. This is a photo of me the day my braces came off - I haven't stopped smiling since!

Up next is one of my FAVORITE Die-namics - I SERIOUSLY love this camera die.  I added the tiniest heart cut from Razzleberry Card Stock, we softly sponged the edges with a white pigment ink.   On the right hand side, we created a ltittle pocket so that the journaling card can slide in and out. It's important to journal those memories, but I loathe my handwriting.   I've added a group shot of all our lovely retreat attendees.  What a FUN and wonderful bunch!

This cute photo includes Mona, Jody, Me and Chris V - waves HELLO to all my friends!
We had so much fun working on these, and I love that they left with a fully finished scrapbook of their weekend with us.  I love these girls and I hope that every single one of them joins us next time.  Although maybe you might secretly wish that a few of them have scheduling conflicts that day because you want to come too.  :)  

These girls were rock stars.  They got this whole book assembled, and got all their photos in in under three hours.  I was SO amazed!

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